— For more and more Americans, reaching retirement age no longer means the end of an active working life. Many people are choosing to work past the age of 65, according to the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you’re willing and able, maintaining gainful employment later in life could go a long way toward ensuring a secure future for you and your family. Besides providing you with additional income to pay your bills, extending your employment or working …

— The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a razor-thin margin. In this video, our State Volunteer President explains how the AHCA would substantially raise costs and limit health care coverage for hundreds of thousands of Arkansans. Call 844-222-0110 and urge Senator Tom Cotton to do the right thing—and oppose this bad, high-cost bill.

— (Ridgeland, MS) – Mississippi ranks 48th overall when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities, and AARP warns much more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to meet changing demographic demands.  Despite the ranking, Mississippi has seen growth in key areas. Those areas are: Person and family-centered care Subsidized housing opportunities (place-based and vouchers) Percent of new Medicaid aged/disabled long-term services and supports first receiving services in the community Specific areas …

— Vickie Garner of Hot Springs is among the many Arkansans ages 50 to 64 with serious concerns about how the American Health Care Act would affect them. Please click the video below for Vickie’s story, then scroll down for additional information. This bill includes an “age tax” that would allow insurance companies to charge older Americans at least FIVE times more for their health coverage than everyone else. Over 280,000 Arkansans 50-64 with pre-existing health conditions face even higher costs. Go to action.aarp.org/voteno and tell your …

—   Master Shopper Veronica Hall will share secrets of saving money on groceries by clipping coupons with AARP members and guests at an Extreme Coupon Class on June 29. Hall teaches methods of organizing her newspaper and Internet coupons and secrets of shopping wisely that can be used to save big money every month. She says she spends less than $250 a month to feed her family of four. The 90-minute workshop for AARP members and guests is at the …

— Thousands of older Nebraskans qualify for a break on their property taxes but may not know it. AARP Nebraska urges homeowners age 65 plus to take a close look at the state homestead exemption before June 30 to find out if they are eligible for relief. “Property taxes are considered by many retirees in Nebraska to be the most burdensome tax,” said Connie Benjamin, state director of AARP Nebraska. “Over the years, AARP has successfully pushed for changes in the …

— Over 575,000 Arkansans rely on Medicare to help pay for their prescription drugs, doctor visits and hospitalizations. AARP Arkansas​ volunteer Joy Crow explains how the new healthcare bill weakens Medicare by reducing spending, hastening Medicare’s insolvency and increasing premiums. Instead of giving a windfall to pharmaceutical companies, Congress should do more to reduce the burden of high prescription drug costs!

— AARP Maryland has teamed up with Baltimore County Restoring Elder Safety Today (BC-REST) to cosponsor a workshop on Thursday, June 15, to help Baltimore-area residents avoid financial abuse. In 2016, Maryland ranked seventh among the states in per capita complaints of fraud and identity theft filed with the Federal Trade Commission. Con artists often target people who have been building a nest egg for years. The workshop will be from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Randallstown Community Center, …

— A new state law allows Alabamians with disabilities to save for their future needs without adversely affecting their benefits from programs such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid. Under the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, people with disabilities can put up to $14,000 a year into a tax-exempt savings account to pay for expenses that enhance their quality of life. Family members and friends may contribute, and total assets can grow to as much as $100,000 without …

— Low-income Kentuckians 60 and older may be eligible for discounts on fresh produce at farmers markets across the state. The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program issues $28 worth of vouchers to individuals 60-plus with annual income up to $22,311 and couples in that age range with income up to $30,044. The voucher can be redeemed for fresh, locally grown produce at dozens of state-approved farmers markets. “This program is a great way for many Kentuckians living on fixed incomes to …